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Who's afraid of red, yellow, and blue? Need for cognitive closure predicts aesthetic preferences.

Wiersema, Daphne V., Van Der Schalk, Job and van Kleef, Gerben A. 2012. Who's afraid of red, yellow, and blue? Need for cognitive closure predicts aesthetic preferences. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts 6 (2) , pp. 168-174. 10.1037/a0025878

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Abstract

We investigated the relationship between need for cognitive closure (NFC), that is, the need for a clear, predictable and unambiguous world, and aesthetic preferences. Study 1, a correlational field study, reveals that individual differences in NFC are related to liking for a play with an open ending, such that individuals high in NFC liked the ending of this play less than their low-NFC counterparts. Study 2 demonstrates that high-NFC individuals prefer figurative paintings to abstract paintings. In Study 3, NFC was experimentally varied by means of a time-pressure manipulation. Participants who judged paintings under time-pressure (high NFC) showed a stronger preference for figurative rather than abstract paintings, compared with participants in the control condition (low NFC). We discuss implications and outline directions for future research.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
ISSN: 1931-390X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 03:52
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/28250

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